unizeit No. 97, 26.01.2019
by Prof. Lutz Kipp
► An ion spy
Even today, there is still a lot of old handicraft in chemistry: you mix some things together, and in the end, something emerges. But what happens in between can sometimes be more interesting than the actual result. The Kiel researcher Dr Huayna Terraschke has developed a method to have a closer look at those happenings.
► Plenty of room for diversity
The Botanical Garden is not only the liveliest of Kiel University’s museums, with its 14,000 plant species and eight hectares of land, it is probably also the largest – and different every day.
► Fosterlings on long voyages
Visitors who stroll through the CAU's Botanical Garden can marvel at plants from distant climate zones. A diversity of species made possible by a global seed exchange.
► An archive of life
The Botanical Garden is an attractive showcase for Kiel University and at the same time indispensable for science, says Professor Dietrich Ober. The director of the Botanical Institute and the Botanical Garden heads the Biochemical Ecology and Molecular Evolution working group.
► Movement on the seabed
Sandy coasts and the Wadden Sea are under threat by climate change and the rise in sea-levels, and this is a situation that cannot be stopped by dykes or sand filling. So it is important that the dynamics of sediment transportation be thoroughly researched and developments forecast.
► Surveying a Roman Necropolis
The scientific exploration of lost ancient cities or tombs is not merely a matter of archaeology. Useful results can also be achieved by means of technical-scientific methods such as geophysical surveys.
► From the Black Sea to the Kiel Fjord and back again
Irina Plesco and Vladimir Ciobanu are currently researching in Kiel on a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The stay is part of their doctoral research at the Technical University of Moldova into ultra-lightweight, highly porous aero materials.
► Donating connects
The aim of the "Statusplus® Blood Donation" smart phone app is to encourage people to regularly donate blood. The design prototype, which has recently won an award at the Healthcare Hackathon, is now being technically implemented.
► Expertise Duo
Materials are measured using sophisticated methods in geophysics. Specialists in the field of restoration, however, rely on their eyes, ears and experience as well. When the two disciplines come together, the result can be remarkable.
► An excursion that changes lives
Lions and zebras on safari, banana beer from the village brewery, football with schoolchildren – the excursions to Tanzania at the Department of Geography are among the unforgettable experiences in teacher training.
► Writing means researching
"Academic writing is a complex process,” according to Julia Müller. "Drafting, discarding, revising – they are all part of the process.” The writing consultant helps students complete their research projects.
► From the cow to the cheese counter
The new Dairy Science degree programme is unique in Europe. This is why students from around the world come to Kiel University to complete their master's degree in Dairy Science.
► Gender research as a card game
The first and so far only card game on Gender and Queer Studies has been published at Kiel University.
► A journey back in time to the Middle Ages
What actions did medieval bishops take beyond their roles as clergymen? To what extent did they fail, and why were they even in mortal danger at times? Historians Frederieke Maria Schnack and Dr Nina Gallion are researching these questions.
► Appreciative interaction
For two years, the CAU has tackled how to eliminate inequalities and barriers. Because a respectful university culture benefits everyone.
► Diversity as an opportunity
Niels Luithardt cannot see the formulas that his lecturers write on the board. The mathematics and physics student is blind. Together with Lisa H., the two Inclusion Officers of the General Student Committee (AStA) campaign for better accessibility at the university.
► "We want to remove barriers!"
Interview with Eddi Steinfeldt-Mehrtens and Prof. Manfred Wegner
► Distorting visualisations?
Politics without pictures is not possible. Political science is joining this field in a project at Kiel University.
► The human factor
Under what circumstances are people prepared to do things that are good for the environment or society? And what is behind the exclusive pursuit of profit alone? Numbers and theories alone often do not help shed light on these issues. But experiments can.
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